Tarleton State University will host guest conductor and guest composer-in-residence, Mark Camphouse in its fifth annual Invitational Band Festival on March 3 and 4.
The festival will feature middle school and high school bands in a public performance. Following the individual school’s performance, the composer will go to the stage and work with the students in a clinic. Afterwards, a member of the adjudication panel also will work with the students in preparation for the UIL Concert and Sight Reading competition.
This year, Tarleton welcomes former director of the Texas Tech University Marching Band, Keith Bearden to the Invitational Band Festival adjudication panel.
All performances during the day will be held in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium. These performances are free and open to the public. For a list of concerts and times, visit www.tarleton.edu/band.
On Tuesday, March 3, the final concert will feature the Stephenville High School Symphonic Band, the Tarleton Symphonic Band and the Tarleton Wind Ensemble. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Collage Concert are $5 and may be purchased one hour prior to the beginning of the concert.
A special collection will be undertaken for the Sade Lowery Memorial Scholarship. Lowery, a sophomore music major at Tarleton, was killed in a tragic vehicle accident on Labor Day weekend in 2014. Please consider a donation of any amount to help continue Sade’s spirit of helping others flourish.
A product of the rich cultural life of Chicago, composer-conductor Camphouse was born in Oak Park, Ill. in 1954. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Northwestern University where he studied composition with Alan Stout, conducting with John P. Paynter, and trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz. A scholarship from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago enabled Camphouse to study trumpet privately for two years with the late, legendary Chicago Symphony Principal Trumpet Emeritus Adolph Herseth.
Camphouse began composing at an early age, with the Colorado Philharmonic premiering his First Symphony when he was 17. His 28 published works for wind band have received widespread critical acclaim and are performed frequently in the U.S. and abroad, in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall-Chicago, Royal Albert Hall-London, and conferences of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, American Bandmasters Association, Texas Bandmasters and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.
Principal commissions include those by the William D. Revelli Foundation, The U.S. Army Band, The U.S. Marine Band, Northshore Concert Band, and some of America’s finest high school, college-university and community bands.
Camphouse has served as guest conductor, lecturer and clinician in 43 states, Canada, Europe and China. He was elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association in 1999 and has served as founding coordinator of the National Band Association Young Composer Mentor Project since 2000. He conceived and edited the unique four-volume book series for GIA Publications, Composers on Composing for Band.
A music festival will kick off the annual Dublin St. Patrick's weekend with Turngold Music Series presenting Luke Wade and No Civilians on March 13 at the Dublin City Park.
Fresh from his meteoric national debut as a soul-singing finalist on NBC’s seventh season of The Voice, Dublin-native Wade and his band will take time from their nationwide tour promoting the artist’s latest album, The River, to perform live from the park’s baseball field. Acclaimed guitarist and vocalist Layne Golden will open for Wade.
Owner of Turngold Music and recording house Gas Station Studio in Dublin, Golden has a rich and varied variety of music styles ranging from jazz, rock, country and more.
Music starts at 7:30 p.m. and beer and wine will be available for purchase with identification throughout the concert with spirits supplied inside the ballpark’s fence lines. General admission tickets are available for $15 and VIP passes for $30 and can be purchased at the gate or online at www.dublintxchamber.com.
Four Lady Lions have qualified for the THSWPA Region 2, Division 3 Powerlifting meet in Gatesville on Saturday.
Brianna Hatcher finished in 2nd place at Stephenville’s Invitational on Saturday lifting a total of 890 pounds in her division. The 2nd place finish ranks Hatcher 3rd in the region.
Martha Riojas lifted a 745 total in her division, earning her 4th place in Stephenville and a 6th place ranking in the region.
Anayely Escobar placed 6th with 540 pounds and qualifies with an 8th place ranking.
Senior Ruby Hernandez previously qualified for regional’s and is ranked No.7.
Meanwhile, Lady Lions basketball players Carey and Carley Belew were selected to the First Team in District 8-3A and Juniors London Jones and Amber James made the Second Team list.
For more lifting results and basketball distinctions, see the Feb. 26 edition.
Feb. 4 is National Signing Day, and it was a big day for Dublin High School athletes. At home, Lions quarterback Brady Holleman signed a contract pledging to play football for the Tarleton State University Texans in the fall. At nearly the same time in Oklahoma, Sunny Clark signed a letter of intent to play volleyball in the fall for North Eastern Oklahoma A&M. Holleman is the son of Jimmy and Tracey Holleman. Clark is the daughter of Mark and Pattielu Clark. Clark also had a signing ceremony on Friday, Feb. 13 at Dublin ISD with coaches and administration (below).
More information will be available in the Feb. 12 edition.
Gene Westmoreland, 71, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Temple, Texas.
He was born on Nov. 23, 1943, in Dublin to Howard D. Westmoreland, Sr. and Sybil (Wilson) Westmoreland. On Nov. 16, 1962, he was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Susan Joyce Lindsey in Lamesa, Texas.
Gene attended Texas A & M University (1962 – January of 1967, on a full Track Scholarship. In 1969 Gene and Susan moved to Comanche, where Gene was employed by Comanche ISD as a teacher/coach. He served Comanche ISD for 44 years.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Westmoreland of Comanche; three daughters, Jill (Westmoreland) Kimmel of Tuscola, Robbin (Westmoreland) Guinn of Albany, and Amanda (Westmoreland) Carlisle of Comanche; five grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Spikes of Granbury and Sarah Westmoreland Mason-Phillips of Florida; and brother, Howard “Butch” Westmoreland of Lamkin.
Family will receive friends at Comanche Funeral Home on Friday, February 27, 2015, from 5:30 P.M. until 7:30 P.M.
Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Comanche High School Gym. Speakers will be Terry Barnes, Leta Andrews, and Scott Carlisle. Interment will be in Siloam Cemetery in Comanche County. Comanche Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
If desired memorials may be made to “The Gene Westmoreland Scholarship Fund”, c/o Donna Clark-Jones, 201 CR 216, Comanche, Texas 76442.
Funeral services for Blayne Dee Williamson are 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in Harrell Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow in Barbee Cemetery.
Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday at Harrell Funeral Home.
Williamson was born on July 3, 1944 in Gorman, Texas to James Virgil Williamson and Vada Aulene (Looney) Williamson. He died on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 at his home in Dublin.
He was a retired public school coach and science teacher, coaching for the Burleson ISD and coaching and teaching science for the Brewer ISD.
Williamson is survived by his brothers, James Richard Williamson of Fort Worth, Texas and Wayne Lee Williamson of Dublin and many friends and other relatives who will miss him dearly.
Memorials may be made to The Humane Society.